W?HAT HAPPENED IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING FY'20'S BUDGETS
BOARD OF EDUCATION
S T E P S I N W E S T O N B U D G E T P R O C E S S
DONE. FINANCE BOARD: Board of Selectmen's Budget review March 4 (5th not necessary).
DONE. FINANCE BOARD: Board of Education Budget review March 6 ; second night was not necessary.
DONE: PUBLIC HEARING: Tuesday, March 26th at 8pm, W.M.S. Library (and 27th if necessary, as well)
DONE: Cuts to Selectmen, Education and Capital budgets - Tuesday April 2nd, Board of Finance "deliberation meeting"
Town Budget - $15,000 cut (police budget). $13,452,745 final number
School Budget - $393,000 cut. $53,073,710 final number
Capital Budget Town - "'tires slashed" (proverbially) - no new 3 axle truck replacement - $470,300 final number
Capital Budget School - $28,000 W.M.S. gym floor cut. $1,356,129 final number.
VOTE IN PUBLIC: Wednesday, April 24th, A.T.B.M. at
8pm, W.H.S. Auditorium (NO QUORUM - 101 present [130 quorum])
MACHINE VOTE ON FY'2020 BUDGETS
Town Budget 371 yes, 162 no
School Budget 332 yes, 202 no
Capital Budget 370 yes, 162 no
BOARD OF FINANCE SETS FY'20 MIL RATE: 32.37, SETS 98% COLLECTION RATE
At a Special Board of Finance Meeting The mill rate for Fiscal Year 2018-19 was set at 29.39.
This represents an increase of 1.66% or .48 mills over the present fiscal year.
CHARTER REVISION APPROVED NOV. 4, 2014. GRAPHIC EXPLANATION BELOW...Think of the budget process as a big train...
L E A G U E O F W
O M E N
V O T E R S O F W E S
T O N
BUDGET PROCESS 2019-2020 beginning
Previously, the increase had been stated as 1.69, but there are various ways the Finance Board
can alter this (i.e. collection rate assumption, etc.).
The FY'19 Town, School and Capital budgets all pass easily with 634 voting (32 absentee).
TOWN - 498 Y 133 N
SCHOOL - 456 Y 177 N
CAPITAL - 499 Y 131 N
ATBM APRIL 18, 2018. 8PM, WHS AUDITORIUM; BRING I.D. - No quorum.
Budget Review Schedule FY'19: http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/BUDGETREVIEWSCHEDULE2018-19FINALREV011818.pdf
Draft#3 FY18Budget Process Schedule HERE
See above left for 2017
REFERENDUM 2016: All three budgets pass:
533 - 40 (Town);
509 - 63 (School);
526 - 47 (Capital).
Post-ATBM Referendum voting + Referendum today = 575
According to our records, turnout was excellent compared to
three previous years:
In 2013 there were 364 votes at Referendum (no quorum at ATBM)
In 2014 there were 224 votes at Referendum (no quorum at ATBM)
In 2015 there was no quorum at ATBM and...Referendum brought approximately 259
voters out and a rejection of the school budget 127 "yes" to 132 "no." So there was a
second Referendum, total voting 1001 - and the school budget passed 688 to 313.
A.T.B.M. ATTENDANCE EXCEEDS QUORUM NUMBER ANNOUNCED! MAYBE EVER 200 VOTERS PRESENT! (R) IN PROGRESS...
Meeting is held and bottom line is: no changes after 2 hour discussion of
how to adjust for worst case scenario re: State of Connecticut budget
problems coming home to affect Weston.
REFERENDUM APRIL 28, 12 noon to 8pm, Town Hall
BUDGET PROCESS VOTING DATES
THERE WAS A "FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING"... last year.
THE BUDGET PROCESS IS LIKE WATCHING A BIG TRAIN THAT IS PICKING UP SPEED...
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC INPUT AND WHEN DURING BUDGET PROCESS: The graphic ;
Know Your Town Directory COMES OUT IN ITS LATEST VERSION...AT SPEAK UP - so on February 27, 2016, a Saturday at Weston Library from 10:30am to 12 noon, you know "who's who" at SPEAK UP
Graphic Explanation of the Budget Process; Written Budget Process FY'17 Dates.
RECTANGLES (6) show order of steps in the process, no public
verbal input, for Town boards, to process end - which is a mandatory
CIRCLES (3) indicate for public input by voice or vote; FY'16 public input meetings/PH dates/Referendum.
"Bubbles" shown below rectangles and circles, with explanatory text - for the review
processes at Selectmen and then Board of Finance, with this year's
procedural moves in the event all or part of the Referendum is rejected
by the voters and how the Board of Finance has the main role.
The same thing,
but with text (note the larger-type explanation of ATBM above).
Either way you do the table, you still need a quorum of 130 for ATBM to
FY'16 Budget Process
Budget, Question #2 in the Referendum, fails - Yes 127, No 132, on
April 30th...Referendum #2 only on Question #2 (#1 and #3 passes)
scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Town Hall Meeting Room from 9am
to 5pm - 688-313.
Referendum #2 approves budget 688-313
REFERENDUM #2, 9am-5pm, Saturday, Town Hall Meeting Room. Photo above: Voter #1000
Listen to Moderator Bob Uzenoff call out the results here.
1001 votes total!!! 688 votes yes, 313 votes no.
Out of 5844 voters plus 24 Grant List voters who wouldn't have been able to vote had they not
held the vote in Town Hall - new residents who's land records qualified them!
Now this is an impressive looking room, non-voters may be thinking...as they wait for Mom...after games,
it is time to do your civic duty.
The League of Women Voters of Weston Reminds You of Your Role in the Town of Weston Budget Process.
REFERENDUM #1 - SCHOOL BUDGET GOES DOWN - WHAT DOES THE CHARTER SAY IS THE NEXT STEP?
2015 BUDGET REFERENDUM#1: LISTEN TO THE RESULTS HERE
The First Selectman last year presented her budget to the Board of Selectmen Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015...click on Power Point
BUDGET PROCESS FY'17 BEGINNING...QUORUM AT A.T.B.M. NOW A NUMBER - 130 (APPROVED NOV. 4, 2014).
"Speak Up" February 27, 2016
- the budget train will already be "out of the station" and in the hands of the Board of Finance by then, according to the schedule
The process becomes a matter for the Board of Finance to consider after
the Board of Selectmen has made changes (or not) to the First
Selectman's proposals for spending on the Town side, including the
Capital Budget. The Selectmen can only suggest changes to the
In televised reviews on the Town TV Channel 79 of both the Town and Education Budget, the Board of Finance takes in the
presentations, asks for more backup, asks questions and then spends a
long time studying the budgets "off-line" and out of public view.
At the Board of Finance Public
, two weeks or so before ATBM, detailed questioning of those
who made up budgets for department expenses can be made by the public, but rarely
are. Maybe it is because no one really knows the detail of what the individual budgets
include? The lack of a quorum at the last two ATBMs has meant
that no one actually has heard discussed by the public what is in the budget as recommended to ATBM before they go to a
Referendum to vote "yes" or "no" on Town, School and Capital budgets.
The League of Women Voters
of Weston pledges to inform Westonites on budget topics in the budget process in 2016!
Election 2014: How many people have ever been at the polls to hear Election results called out?
Last minute change to format by...who?
REFERENDUM COMPLETED THURSDAY MAY 1, 2014 - BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 12 NOON AND 8PM, WMS GYM
Board of Finance "deliberation" added in a 5th day for Senior Center...will ATBM confirm this??? By default, yes. No quorum on April 23, 2014.
REGISTRARS WANT TO REMIND PUBLIC OF PROCESS FOR THE APRIL 23RD ANNUAL TOWN BUDGET MEETING AND REFERENDUM ON MAY 1ST
The Weston Registrars of Voters, Laura Smits and Theresa Brasco,
would like the public to be aware of changes in the voting process for
the ATBM due to Weston Charter Revision approved in November 2012. As
in the past, the ATBM will be held in the Weston High School auditorium
beginning at 8:00p.m. Check-in will begin at 7:15 for qualified voters
who intend to participate in
the Annual Town Budget Meeting. Qualified
voters include registered voters as well as U.S. citizens on the Weston
Grand List owning property of $1,000 or more. The Registrars request
that voters remember to bring identification (driver’s license, credit
card, utility bill, etc.) with them to expedite the process. Once the
budget numbers have been established by the ATBM, voters will have an
opportunity to vote that evening on the budget by machine (referendum)
in the Weston High School Library. At that time, voters will be given a
ballot and checked off the list as having voted. For those unable to
vote that evening, referendum voting will continue on Thursday, May 1st
in the Weston Middle School gymnasium from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Voters can also vote by absentee ballot beginning on Thursday, April 24
thin the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours:
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Once voting has ended on May 1st,
the Moderator will read the combined results of both voting sessions.
CHECK THE NEW CHARTER
A tough budget year
By Kimberly Donnelly on January 15, 2014
Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein has no illusions about the
municipal budget being developed for the next fiscal year. “It’s a
tough budget year. It’s going to be ugly,” she said.
After enjoying several years of a “flat” budget — with little to no
increase — this year, taxpayers will undoubtedly see the overall budget
go up, which means taxes will increase.
In addition, the town is undergoing revaluation of all property, and
Ms. Weinstein said the preliminary numbers are showing a significant
decrease in the grand list — perhaps as much as 12%. However, she said,
“we thought there was going to be a much worse drop in value, so we
were actually pleasantly surprised.”
The official grand list numbers are usually calculated by the beginning
Taxpayers are also facing some overruns already in the current year’s
budget, which may impact next year’s. The schools have reported a
possible half-million-dollar shortage due largely to unanticipated
special education costs and security costs. The Police Department is
also looking at cost overruns because of increased time demands for
patrolling School Road (dubbed the Mile of Safety) and investigating
several complex cases this year.
And so the budget season — that time of year when department heads and
school administrators are crunching numbers, looking for savings while
still lobbying for improvements — is in full swing in Weston.
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]
What's up for
Budget Process FY'15? Below is an article from the FORUM
Weston municipal budget process gets
By Kimberly Donnelly on December 16,
At a recent forum on the way
Weston’s government is organized, First Selectman Gayle Weinstein gave
an overview of Weston’s budget process.
Ms. Weinstein acknowledged that the
“New England form of government” can be confusing, especially because
things like the municipal budget process is slightly different in every
In Weston, the town budget process
begins about this time of year (late November and early December), Ms.
Weinstein said, when town departments are given general parameters and
are asked to develop budgets for the next fiscal year, which runs from
July 1 to June 30.
Initial department budgets are
submitted to the town administrator. Then the head of each department
meets with the town administrator, the first selectman, and the finance
director to review the budget request and to decide if adjustments need
to be made.
When department budgets are
finalized, they are combined into the town budget, which the first
selectman brings to the Board of Selectmen, which votes to approve a
budget to send to the Board of Finance.
The finance board vets the town
budget, holds a public hearing to get feedback, then votes on a final
budget to bring to the Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM) for a vote.
Ms. Weinstein explained that the
school board has a similar budget process.
School principals meet with
department heads, then the superintendent and schools finance director
meet with the principals to develop initial budgets.
The school board then holds budget
workshops to review the department and individual school budget
requests. The board then votes to approve a budget, which then goes to
the Board of Selectmen for review.
The selectmen do not have the power
to reduce or increase the school budget; they may only make
recommendations before sending it to the finance board for review.
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]
FROM THE NEW CHARTER:
FINANCE AND TAXATION
Section 9.1 Preliminary Budget Estimates
All budget requests shall be made on or before January 14th
year, except that the Board of Education request shall be made on or
before February 3rd
requests shall be filed with the First
Selectman and shall contain a detailed estimate of expenditures and
revenues, other than tax revenues, in the ensuing Fiscal Year. Except
for the request by the Board of Education, such estimates shall be
accompanied by a statement setting forth, in such form as the First
Selectman may prescribe, the services, activities and work accomplished
during the current Fiscal Year and to be accomplished during the
ensuing Fiscal Year.
Section 9.2 Duties of the First
Selectman on the Budget
The First Selectman shall compile preliminary estimates for the Town’s
operating budget, the Board of Education’s operating budget, the
capital improvement budget and the Town’s debt service (which shall be
referred to collectively as the “Annual Town Budget”) for the ensuing
Fiscal Year. Not later than February 10th
of each year, the First
Selectman shall present to the Board of Selectmen a proposed budget
(a) a budget message outlining the proposed financial policy of the
Town government, describing the important features of the proposed
Annual Town Budget, indicating any major changes from the current
Fiscal Year in financial policies,
expenditures and revenues together with the reasons for such changes,
and containing a clear summary of the Annual Town Budget’s contents;
(b) estimates of revenue, including the receipts collected in the last
completed Fiscal Year, the receipts collected during the current Fiscal
Year prior to the time of preparing the estimates, the receipts
estimated to be collected during the current Fiscal Year, estimates of
the receipts, other than from the property tax, to be collected in the
ensuing Fiscal Year, and an estimate of the then available surplus; and
(c) itemized expenditures for each Town department and each Board and
Commission for the last completed Fiscal Year, expenditures for the
current Fiscal Year prior to the time of preparing the estimates, total
estimated expenditures for the current Fiscal Year, and the First
Selectmen’s recommendations for the ensuing Fiscal Year for all items
except those of the Board of Education, which the First Selectman shall
transmit to the
Selectmen as submitted to the First Selectman by the Board of
Education. The First Selectman shall present reasons for all of the
First Selectman’s recommendations.
part of the budget of the First Selectman, the First Selectman may
present a program previously considered and acted upon by the Town
Planning and Zoning Commission, in accordance with Section 8-24 of the
General Statutes, of proposed municipal improvement projects for the
ensuing Fiscal Year and for at least the five Fiscal Years thereafter.
Estimates of the costs of such projects shall be submitted annually in
the form and manner prescribed by the First Selectman. The
First Selectman shall recommend to the Board of Selectmen those capital
projects to be undertaken during the ensuing Fiscal Year and the method
of financing same.
Section 9.3 Duties of the Board of
Selectmen on the Budget
The Board of Selectmen shall review the First Selectman’s proposed
Annual Town Budget, including the proposed budget of the Board of
Education. The proposed Annual Town Budget, including such alterations
or changes deemed necessary by the
Board of Selectmen, shall be presented to the Board of Finance not
later than March 1
of each year. The proposed Annual Town Budget shall
include the budget proposal of the Board of Education, but any changes
to the Board of Education’s proposed budget as may desired by the Board
of Selectmen shall be in the form of recommendations only.
Section 9.4 Duties of the Board of
Finance on the Budget
(a) After the Board of Finance has received from the Board of Selectmen
the recommended Annual Town Budget, the Board of Finance shall hold one
or more public hearings at least two weeks before the date of the
Annual Town Budget Meeting,
at which any Qualified Voter may be
regarding the recommended appropriations for the ensuing Fiscal Year. At least ten days in
advance of any such public hearing, the
Board of Finance shall give Public Notice of such public hearing,
together with the proposed appropriations of the Board of Selectmen and
the proposed appropriations of the Board of Education, in condensed
copies of the proposed appropriations shall be
available for general distribution in the office of the Town Clerk,
online and at the public hearing. At the public hearing the First
Selectman shall present the recommendations of the Board of Selectmen
regarding the composition of the Annual Town Budget and the individual
appropriations comprising the Budget for the ensuing Fiscal Year.
(b) After the public hearing(s) the Board of Finance shall make such
revisions to the proposed appropriations as the Board of Finance deems
advisable and shall thereafter recommend the proposed appropriations
(as revised by the Board of Finance, if applicable) to the Annual Town
Section 9.5 The Annual Town Budget
(a) The Annual
Town Budget Meeting shall be held not later than the end
of the first full week in May of each year.
It shall be called
at 8 PM
and, if it has not completed its business by 11:30 PM, the
moderator shall adjourn the Meeting to 8 PM of successive evenings
(adjourning at 11:30 PM if necessary) excepting Saturdays, Sundays and
Holidays, until its business is completed. Public Notice of the Notice
and Call of the Annual Town Budget Meeting shall be published at least
five days prior to the Meeting. The published and posted Notice and
Call shall be accompanied by the proposed appropriations, in condensed
form, as recommended by the Board of Finance for the ensuing Fiscal
(b) The Town Clerk shall ensure that sufficient copies of the proposed
appropriations are made available for general distribution in the
office of the Town Clerk at least five days prior to the Annual Town
Budget Meeting and at that Meeting.
(c) The Notice and Call of the Annual Town Budget Meeting shall:
(i) list the line items that the
Meeting is legally entitled to amend, namely, the appropriations in
Board of Selectmen’s proposed operating budget, the Board of
Education’s proposed operating budget (as one line item) and the
(ii) set forth the Town’s debt service budget;
(iii) state the proposed rate of taxation, indicating the portion
attributable to uncollectable taxes, for the ensuing Fiscal Year;
(iv) state in its preamble who is legally entitled to vote at the
Annual Town Budget Meeting;
(v) specify the circumstances under which, and the manner in which, the
proposed budgets may be reduced at the Annual Town Budget Meeting; and
(vi) contain any other information required by the General Statutes or
Sufficient copies of the Notice and Call shall be made available for
general distribution in the office of the Town Clerk, online and at the
Annual Town Budget Meeting.
(d) The Annual Town Budget Meeting shall consider, discuss and take
action on the proposed appropriations as follows:
(i) no appropriation shall be made exceeding that for the same purpose
recommended by the Board of Finance, or for any other purpose not
recommended by the Board of Finance;
Section 9.6 The Annual Town Budget
(ii) if, and only if, 130 Qualified Voters are
present at the Annual Town Meeting, any individual appropriation that
is listed on the Notice and Call of the Meeting may be reduced to an
amount less than that recommended by the Board of Finance by a vote of
a majority of those Qualified Voters present and voting. Any motion to
reduce the sum of appropriations in the proposed Annual Town Budget
must specify the individual line item to be reduced and the amount of
the proposed reduction; and
(iii) the consideration of any proposed decrease in any individual
appropriation pursuant to Section 9.5(d)(ii) above shall be by secret
ballot if requested by a number of Qualified Voters equal to not less
than one-third of those Qualified Voters present at the Meeting.
Voting on the proposed Annual Town Budget, as approved by the Annual
Town Meeting, shall be by machine voting. There shall be separate votes
on the following components of the Annual Town Budget:
(i) the Town’s
proposed operating budget,
voting shall commence immediately after the Annual Town Budget Meeting
and shall continue that day as long as necessary, in the judgment of
the Registrars of Voters, to accommodate all those seeking to cast
votes at that time. Voting shall recommence between seven and fourteen
days following the Annual Town Budget Meeting, and shall occur during
the hours permitted by Section 7-7 of the General Statutes.
(ii) the Board of Education’s proposed
operating budget and
(iii) the proposed capital improvement budget.
component of the proposed Annual Town Budget set forth above shall be
approved if a majority of Qualified Voters who vote approve that
component. At the discretion of the Board of Selectmen, the ballot may
permit any Qualified Voters who wish to reject a proposed component or
components of the Annual Town Budget to indicate whether they would
reject the proposed component(s) because they are too high or because
they are too low.
Section 9.7 Procedure if the Budget is
(a) If one or more components the proposed Annual Town Budget are not
approved pursuant to Section 9.6, the component(s) of proposed Budget
that have not been approved shall be reconsidered by the Board of
Finance and such component(s) shall be resubmitted to Qualified Voters
between ten and twenty-one days after the date the machine voting was
completed under Section 9.6. Voting shall occur by machine ballot, and
Public Notice of such vote shall be given at least five days prior to
the date of the vote. The resubmitted
proposed component(s) of the Annual Town Budget shall be approved if a
majority of Qualified Voters who vote approve such component(s). At the
discretion of the Board of Selectmen, the ballot may permit any
Qualified Voters who wish to reject a component or components of the
proposed Annual Town Budget to indicate whether they would reject the
proposed component(s) because they are too high or because they are too
(b) Should any component of the proposed Annual Town Budget be rejected
again, the process described in Section 9.7(a) shall be repeated with
respect to that component until the Annual Town Budget is approved.
(c) In the event that the Annual Town Budget has not been adopted by
July 1 of any year, the budget appropriations of the previous Fiscal
Year shall serve as an interim budget to allow for the continued
operation of Town services, and the Board of Selectmen, with the
approval of the Board of Finance, from month to month thereafter until
the Annual Town
Budget has been approved, may meet the obligations of the Town in
accordance with said interim budget
(i) by borrowing funds by way of tax anticipation notes,
Section 9.8 Filing the Approved Budget
(ii) by taxation at a mill rate set by resolution of the Board of
(iii) by drawing upon funds in possession of the Town, or
(iv) by a combination of two or more of these means; provided
that if option (i) or option (ii), or a combination of them,
is utilized, then within ten days after the Annual Town Budget has been
approved the mill rate shall be fixed sufficient to fund the total
anticipated obligations of the Town during the remainder of the Fiscal
Year, including the repayment of all tax anticipation notes outstanding.
An official copy of the Annual Town Budget as finally approved shall be
filed by the Board of Finance with the Town Clerk within one week
following final approval. Within ten
days after the approval of the Annual Town Budget, the Board of Finance
shall, by resolution, fix the tax rate in mills that shall be levied on
the taxable property in the Town for the applicable Fiscal Year.
Guide to Weston's
Meeting - The Town Meeting form of government is a link with
It grew out of decision-making used in the American colonies over 300
ago. It is the purist form of democrary - one person, one vote - and is
used in a majority of municipalities in Connecticut. Under the Town
form of government, every qualified voter is a legislator of the town.
The major legislative power of the town is vested in the Town Meeting.
The remaining legislative power is vested in the Board of Selectmen.
Voters for Town Meeting - All registered Weston voters are members
of the Town Meeting. In addition, U.S. citizens 18 years or older, who
own property in Weston assessed at $1000 or more, but are not
voters, may participate and vote. ACTION at the Town Meeting is taken
a majority of qualified voters present and voting.
Budget Meeting (ATBM) - The purpose of the Annual Town Budget
is to achieve a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Town Budget
of the Selectmen's Budget (line items for each town agency and
the Board of Education Budget (which is one line item), and the Capital
Budget (items from all agencies and the Board of Education which cost
$10,000 and with a life expectancy of 10 years or more). The last is
by the Capital Planning Committee, an informal, advisory committee of
NOTE: the amount
may have been raised
Edgar Citizen of the Year,
award from Police Commission (Chair. Rick Phillip); Reminder of
Public Hearing on new Charter April 25th
ATBM over in a flash! Maybe an
hour? (89 people
attended) - Referendum
More turned out for Referendum - 364 (it [both budgets] passed)
'13 BUDGET PROCESS SCHEDULE:
WHERE ARE WE NOW? On to ATBM
As described below, the schedule for
reviewing and voting on the 2012-13 budget was
approved by the selectmen with no changes. Last Friday, Nov. 18,
budget packages were mailed to all municipal departments, which must
return their budget requests to the town administrator by Thursday,
heads meet with the first selectman, the finance director and the town
administrator the first week of January 2012. Revisions are due
Thursday, Jan. 12.
- The town
and school budgets must be submitted to the Board of Selectmen by the
end of January.
- The Board
of Selectmen is scheduled to review the town budget on Monday, Feb. 13,
and the school budget on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The selectmen
budgets (MISTAKE - they have no control over the Education budget) at
their Thursday, Feb. 16 meeting.
- The Board
of Finance will review the town budget Monday, March 5, and the school
budget Wednesday, March 7.
- A public
hearing on both budgets will be held Tuesday, March 13, at Weston
Middle School at 8 p.m. On Thursday, March 22, the finance board
deliberates and votes on the final budget to go to voters.
Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM) is set for Wednesday, April 4, at 8
p.m. in the high school auditorium. The ATBM-approved budgets go to
referendum on Thursday, April 12. Board of Finance meets later to
set mill rate.
BUDGET REVIEW CYCLE FY'13
Budget Meeting: Weston voters have their say Wednesday
Written by Patricia Gay
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:59
About the ATBM
registered Weston voters and Weston taxpayers with at least $1,000
assessed value of property who are U.S. citizens over the age of 18
Town Budget Meeting (ATBM)
Wednesday, April 4, 8PM
Weston High School auditorium
approve the $65-million town, school, capital, and debt service budget
proposals; capital and debt service budgets will be final, while school
and town budgets approved at ATBM will go to a machine vote Thursday,
Weston’s Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM) is set for next Wednesday,
April 4, at 8 p.m. in the Weston High School auditorium. Voters
are being asked to consider a $65,047,232 gross budget for 2012-13, an
overall increase of $1,088,644, up 1.70% from the current year’s
budget. That includes:
The town operating
budget of $11,408,552 (a 2.01% increase from the current budget)
• The school operating budget of $45,587,192
• A total debt service budget of $6,649,705 (a
decrease from the current budget)
• A total capital budget of $1,401,783
town, $470,238 schools, less $215,455 in revenue offsets) is a 36.49%
increase from the current budget.
• The total gross budget is expected to be
revenues of $2,668,566, making the net budget $62.378 million, a 1.36%
increase over the current net budget.
“This is your chance to participate in democracy,” said First Selectman
Gayle Weinstein. “The budget concerns one of the most important bills
you will pay this year — your taxes — and you deserve to have a voice
in the process.”
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]
ONLINE FIRST: Weston Board of Finance sends
budget to ATBM
Written by Patricia Gay
Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:42
The Weston Board of Finance voted on final proposed town, school and
capital budgets to send to the voters.
At a budget meeting held Wednesday, March 21, the board approved a
proposed town operating budget of $11,408,552, a 2.01% increase over
the current year.
That number is $16,000 less than proposed by the selectmen, and comes
from an increase in a revenue offset from an enterprise fund.
The selectmen had proposed taking $122,000 from the town’s cell tower
enterprise fund to help pay for operating the communications center.
The finance board voted to increase the revenue offset to $138,000.
This lowers the proposed increase in the town operating budget from
2.16% to 2.01%.
The finance board approved the school operating budget exactly as
proposed by the Board of Education, at $45,587,192, a 0.93% increase
over the current year.
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Weston FORUM website]
MOST RECENTLY APPROVED BUDGET
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